My lasso-loosening exercise last night might've worked, because I didn't feel too rusty as I started final art for episode 4 today; that's been something that's bothered me when I started drawing art for the previous episodes: they start off rough and angular and scrunchy in the first half a scene or so, then the gradually loosen up and get a bit nicer as each episode goes along. So I'm glad that I've been able to get back into a fluid feeling with the drawing right away for this one, it makes the work seem to go a lot better.|
But is there a danger of being *too* loose and inky? Here's how Sig came out in one frame today:
Nice lashes, Siggy! Heh, I actually like this drawing though, not gonna change if for nothin'! =P
Also spent some time working on an opening FX. It's going to start with Vero coming to after that nasty meteoroid hit their ship took at the end of the last episode. The view will be first-person for the first shot, with digital effects on it to highlight the fact that that big shiny helmet Vero wears doesn't actually let light shine directly back to his eyes, but first runs it through digital optics and re-renders just the safe, visible part--because in space, especially deep space (ie away from the protective magnetic fields and other things of planets etc), and especially in the Galactic Core, anyone floating around with an optical visor can expect to get eye cancer or worse from cosmic rays and all sorts of nasty radiation. Be smart! Wear an indirect-optics helmet!
This is very rough so far, just a simple rotation and test interference pattern. I'll have to do the eventual panning and shaking by hand.
Now, it may happen that we'll see someone floating around in Galactic Center space in a transparent helmet in the not too distant future, but just remember that anyone doing that is crazy...or something else.
Ooh, and episode 3 got daily top 7th for 5/21/2009 on Newgrounds, so thanks to everyone who voted! It means it'll be on the front page of that site all day tomorrow, so more people will see it and have a chance to watch it. :)
Hey, and I almost forgot to mention that I uploaded a few high-res pieces of episode 4 art to deviantART tonight, too, including one for which I finally had an excuse to use dA's "Mature Content" flag. I guess I probably didn't need to, but hey, better safe than sorry on the Internet, ya know?